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After 1,000 Years, the Pope and the Patriarch Meet

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sign a joint declaration during a meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, February 12 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PATRIARCH-CUBA Feb. 12, 2016. There is no doubt that the meeting between the Catholic Pope Francis and Kirill, Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All [...]

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit [...]

Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book God or Nothing — [...]

Papal Visit to Three African Countries

“Pope Francis will shake consciences again” Rome journalists Luis Badilla and Antonio Marguccio recently conducted a lengthy interview with Comboni Missionary Fr. Giulio Albanese, veteran Africanist and founder of the Missionary International News Service, on Africa and the Pope’s scheduled visit there. We excerpt it here: Pope Francis will soon visit three countries in Africa: Uganda, [...]

A Memorable In-Flight Press Conference

Speaking to journalists for about 80 minutes on his July 28 flight back to Rome from World Youth Day in Brazil, Francis was startlingly candid on many issues, but his remarks on homosexuality, priests with homosexual tendencies, and a “gay lobby” in the Vatican raised the most eyebrows. The Pope’s remarks were quickly reported in hundreds [...]

Two Encyclicals by Pope Francis

The new Pope, who chose his name after the “little poor man” of Assisi, St. Francis, and who said in March shortly after his election that he longed for a “poor Church, for the poor” is already writing his first encyclical, and it will be on poverty. It will draw its inspiration from the words “Blessed [...]

Pope Pius XII aided Jewish prisoners of fascist concentration camp

The book Ferramonti di Tarsia, by Mario Rende. June 04, 2009 The June 4 edition of L’Osservatore Romano in­cludes a review of Mario Rende’s Ferramonti di Tarsia,a new book that chronicles an Italian fascist concentration camp where Jews were treated with relative humanity, thanks to the efforts of Paolo Salvatore, the camp’s director, and [...]

Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews

  Pope Pius XII (1939–1938) read editor's note by clicking on photo “And now, my Jewish friend, go with the protection of the Lord, and never forget, you must always be proud to be a Jew!” The words are striking, and unforgettable. They serve as a comfort to anyone who has ever been the [...]